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(generated from captions) In the UK, 25%. In the United States, 50%. are communicating We need to make sure that parents around cyberspace, with their children

their children are going. that parents know where they sit online with them, They have regular conversations, some of the same websites perhaps they even join

can see what are potential hazards, as their children are so that they enjoy in this space but also see what young people without it. and why they can't live precautions on the internet I'd like to see more safety as well as parents being more aware kids are doing on the internet, and looking more into what their stuff to be more aware and also for teens and on their profiles of what they're posting they're giving people. and how much information to other parents? What would your advice be so watch over their children They need to, um, while they're on the internet. who they're talking to Get them to talk about and what they're talking about. understand what they do Just to sit there with them and and the subjects they talk about. And if they sense anything, open up to them. they need to have their child . Closed Captions by CSI CC THEME MUSIC to Star FM's listeners That was puzzling news Limestone Coast - on South Australia's in the morning. because it was 6 o'clock I'm Jonathan Holmes Welcome to Media Watch. in southern New South Wales, Meanwhile over in Albury, even more puzzled to hear this... rugby league fans were I watched that game last night. That's funny, they thought. 16-14. The Broncos scraped over the line, from Mt Gambier to Albury, Across eight Star FM stations, Dubbo to the suburbs of Melbourne,

was replayed a 6pm bulletin from the night before at 6am on Saturday morning.

across Australia, They, and 59 other stations Southern Cross Media. are owned by Macquarie It operates a system called hubbing. is sent out Identical programming and news from its southern hub in Albury -

and in this case, unreliable. cheap, efficient, not very local, It seems that: sheer gibberish at the end... The bulletin degenerated into (BROADCAST BECOMES SCRAMBLED) news was fed out again at 7am, Despite that, the identical, ancient fixed the problem. before someone in Albury Ah, the wonders of modern technology. old-fashioned faulty journalism. And now to some thoroughly apply to tabloid crime reporting. There are some rigid rules that doesn't send a criminal to prison, One of them is this - when a judge is always outraged. the victim of the crime the rule on its front page last week Here's the West Australian applying in exemplary fashion: of the victim, looking unhappy, There was a nice big picture with this caption: and caption: And the story supported the headline exercise. It's your standard judge-bashing really felt about the sentence? But is that what the victim No, it's not. The West's reporter Michael Bennett Brigitte van de Voorde did speak to last Wednesday morning. outside the courtroom But, she's told Media Watch: outside the court Ms van de Voorde then spoke and her mother. to the carjacker's partner The West's idea But clearly none of this fitted of how a victim ought to feel. called Ms van de Voorde. Early that afternoon, Michael Bennett for an answer. But The West wouldn't take "no" at Ms van de Voorde's home. At 4 o'clock, a photographer arrived with her car. He wanted a picture of her Ms van de Voorde told it. The West blithely ignored everything Next morning, on its front page, it thought she ought to have had. it ascribed to her the views She and her partner were gobsmacked. to her assailant via the judge. Ms Van de Voorde decided to write And on Friday, most unusually, her letter in open court. Justice John McKechnie read out

It's an extraordinary document. It says, in part... Check it out on our website.

a detailed memo Attached to the letter was to The West's Michael Bennett. that Ms van de Voorde had sent

In its conclusion it says: Check that out too.

the convicted man, As the judge then told found their way in words that unaccountably have not

into The West Australian... your Honour. Couldn't have put it better myself, Ms van de Voorde and her partner retraction from The West. forcefully demanded a front page They didn't get it - on page 3 of Saturday's paper. but they did get this, and photo caption were wrong - The West admits its headline the story itself was wrong too, though it doesn't mention that except to say... Brett McCarthy, Well, The West's new Editor, its journalism as yet. may not have noticeably improved to say sorry. But at least he's prepared Editor of Sydney's Sunday Telegraph: As, of course, is Neil Breen,

Just two weeks ago? Remember that? page 11, was this disturbing story: Well, on the very same day, on The story didn't get grab the nation pics did. the way the so-called Pauline Hanson But it still caused quite a stir... world leaders in online gambling. New Zealand and Australia the Even the ABC joined in... Certainly is, Nick. Incredible - and totally wrong. that Aussie journalists The story might demonstrate at reporting statistics are among the worst in the world

but not much else. story came from this report... The figures in the Sunday Tele's

professors who've conducted ..by a couple of Canadian Sounds impressive. 12,500 respondents But how many of those live in Australia and New Zealand? Answer: just 59. admitted to gambling on-line? And what percentage of those 59 32.2% on the responses In other words, the figures are based on-line gamblers. of only 19 Australian and New Zealand told Media Watch: As one of the authors of the report its sensational story The result that gave the Sunday Tele was one of the dodgiest of all: 430 Aussie dollars... US$300 is indeed about and it is the highest mean, or average, internet gambling spend of any region except Africa, according to the survey. But have a look at this figure, right next door, which the Sunday Telegraph ignored: Or about twelve Australian dollars per month. The lowest figure on the list. Mean? Median? $430 a month in one column, 12 in another? What's going on? We need a lesson in simple statistics. Suppose you're an average Australian householder, with a total net worth of $500,000. And you find yourself in a room with eight other averagely wealthy Australians - and Bill Gates, who is currently estimated to be worth around AU$50 billion.

The mean, or average worth of the people in the room

would be their total wealth divided by 10 - or fractionally over $5 billion. A figure that doesn't tell you anything about Bill Gates's actual wealth, or anyone else's either. To get the median worth of the people in the room, you list each individual's wealth in order. The median figure is half way down the list - in this case, a bit over half a million dollars. When there are one or two people among a small sample that are way out of the typical range, the median figure is much more useful. So was there an individual who stood out from the pack among the Aussie and Kiwi participants in the gambling survey? Yes, there was. Professor Williams told us that the huge difference between the average and median figures in the table was: And he also confirmed that But that wouldn't have made much of a story, would it? Sunday Telegraph editor Neil Breen now acknowledges that the report's authors Neil Breen had plenty more to say - check out his response on our website.

But it does seem that caution is in short supply

at the Sunday Tele these days. Meanwhile, over at the Daily Telegraph, they've been revelling all week in the tabloid's favourite emotion - righteous indignation. Following two fatal accidents on Sydney streets, the Tele ran four stories in the paper, and no fewer than six on-line, about: The tone was set on Wednesday by Tele reporter Vikki Campion. After graphic accounts of how both drivers died, Campion got stuck into the bystanders who gathered at the crash sites: No doubt both crashes had their share of gawkers. But the Tele's indignation didn't stop it, in most of its 'gawker' stories, inviting its readers to click onto its The gallery provided detailed shots of the crumpled wreckage, and even of a grief-stricken young man by the roadside. Those shots were taken by a Tele staff photographer. But the paper seemed to be asking for more: Webphoto? They were surely not asking for voyeuristic vampires to send in their snaps, were they? That would be... what would you call it? Sick?

That's it for now. For more details, documents and responses on all our stories, check out our website. And join me again next week. Closed Captions by CSI

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